Five Non-Toxic Ways to Control Home
Chemical pesticides may be effective at killing household bugs and weeds, but exposure to these products can be very harmful to humans, family pets and the environment. Keep your home and garden looking great using these five, non-toxic pest control alternatives.
Diatomaceous earth is one of the safest pesticides for ridding homes and gardens of unwanted insects. This fine, soft powder looks harmless, but under a microscope is actually made up of tiny glass-like shards. As pests such as ants and cockroaches crawl over the earth, they are injured and eventually dry out and die. Diatomaceous earth is available at most garden centres.
Beer is a natural way to prevent slugs from chewing garden plants. Pour beer into a shallow plastic container and leave it in your garden overnight. Slugs will be attracted to the beer, fall in and drown.
Dish soap mixed with water and sprayed on plants will help control aphids. Leave the mixture on plants for approximately 30 minutes before washing off.
Boiling water, when poured between the cracks of pavement stones, will help to destroy weeds and ants.
Mint is an effective natural pest deterrent. Plant peppermint in your garden to ward off mice, ants, fleas, flies and moths. Gardeners recommend planting mint in pots and then placing into bedding soil – mint can take over your garden if allowed to grow freely.
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